How to Become an Iowa Notary

How to Become a Notary Public in Iowa

  1. Complete the Online Iowa Notary Training Course (not required)
  2. Complete an application for appointment as a notary public on a form prescribed by the secretary of state.
  3. Remit the sum of thirty dollars to the secretary of state. However, persons appointed as notaries public under section 9E.3, subsection 2, are   not subject to the fee imposed by this subsection. (Government employee notaries)
  4. When the secretary of state determines that the requirements of this section are satisfied, the secretary shall execute and deliver a certificate of commission to the person appointed.


Iowa Notary Supplies

Iowa Notary Requirements

Commission Term: 3 years (Resident), 1 year (Non-resident)
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or employee from bordering state
Stamp/Seal: Required
Journal: Recommended
Application Fee: $30
Eligibility: No felony convictions
Other: Be able to read and write English

Lucas Building, 1st Floor
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: (515) 281-5204

Important Iowa Notary Links

Iowa State Website
Iowa Notary Application
Iowa Apostilles
Iowa Notary Name Change
Iowa Notary Address Change
Iowa Notary Database
Iowa Notary Handbook

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